Our History

Wat Pa Tesarangsee UK


Wat Pa Tesarangsee UK

“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.”

Wat Pa Tesarangsee UK is a newly formed Buddhist temple operating as a non-profit religious organisation in Barton on Sea, New Milton with the aim to promote the Buddhist teachings from a long established temple named “Wat Pa Huay Lad” in Loei province, north-east Thailand.

Our registered charity number is 1160688. We hope to grow and mature into a centre of Buddhist teachings for the South West of England, as there is currently no significant Buddhist temple present in the area ( New Forest/Bournemouth/High Cliff/Southampton ).

The Temple will have resident Buddhist Monks who will provide Dhamma studies and teach meditation practice whilst supporting the wider community. The teaching of Buddhism is supervised by the parent Temple, Wat Pa Huay Lad in Loei province, Thailand. To allow us to integrate with other established similar organisations we plan to apply for membership of the Network of Buddhist Organisations (NBO) and of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) once charity status has been granted.

We aim to promote Buddhism for the public benefit in the Southwest of England and beyond in particular, but not exclusively, by establishing a permanent temple where Dhamma can be studied and taught and where meditation can be practiced, and by providing support to Buddhist monks and nuns in their studies and pastoral duties, and by raising public awareness of Buddhism.

All Buddhist Temples are based on a pyramidal hierarchical structure for reporting purposes. Our parent temple is Wat Pa Huay Lad in Loei province, Thailand, which is a senior teaching temple in North East Thailand. For authorization to allow us to establish this UK branch of Wat Pa Huay Lad, to be known as Wat Pa Tesarangsee UK, it has been agreed that our temple will report to the Abbot of Wat Pa in Copenhagen, Denmark in his role as President of the Council of Thai Buddhist Monks in Europe.

Our Buddhist Temple and Meditation Centre will seek to benefit the wider inter-faith community. The temple will always be open to everyone, and we make no distinction between differing views of religion, race or creed, in fact Buddhism actively encourages debate.

Our charitable objects are to offer Buddhism into the wider community and to provide a centre for Buddhist studies and meditation.

Buddhism is considered to be a peaceful religion that seeks to embrace all views and will therefore not have any detriment or harm to the general public. We provide benefit to anyone who has an interest in Buddhism whether to simply observe or to participate. The most beneficial aspects of the Dhamma classes and meditation practice are that they not only help attendants to improve their morals but also increase peace, wisdom and harmony in society. It may be considered that these improved morals could lead to the reduction of crime and social problems, and we believe that this will lead to greater happiness and improved social cohesion.

Wat Pa Tesarangsee UK has been run since conception by the named prospective trustees who have provided, are willing to continue to provide, all their time and effort on a voluntary basis. We take no personal material benefit from the organisation, and only seek to improve both the organisational performance and community welfare.